This DEFTECH SCAN reports on and assesses occurrences in military technology and capability development taking place from late January 2021 through to late March. It contains reporting on recent activities and announcements in the United Kingdom (UK), United States (U.S.), Finland, Sweden, Australia, Israel, Germany. India, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Armenia, and the Republic of South Africa.

This report contains also new features that will be incorporated into DEFTECH SCANS going forward. First, where appropriate, it seeks to highlight how defence and security communities are meeting the challenge of Covid-19 both in terms of mitigating the current risks to personnel, societies, and operations and preparing to better meet the biological threats of the future.

Closely related to the increased attention to how technology is supporting defence and security community responses to Covid-19 is the paper’s emphasis on the importance of resilience—again, in response to Covid-19 and other biological and environmental threats as well as prioritized military capabilities, such as space architectures.

Finally, the Executive Summary boxes for two sections in this report include descriptions of articles or papers published on topics that are regularly covered in DEFTECH SCANS, but that are not featured in the text of the section. This approach allows for high-level updates of general reporting on key topics— for example, growing interest in hybrid engines—in a more efficient manner.

Source : DEFTECH

L’armée veut développer les systèmes de conduite et de communication ainsi que la cyberdéfense

Premièrement, le Conseil fédéral entend développer les systèmes de conduite et de communication. L’armée pourra ainsi être opérationnelle rapidement et remplir ses nombreuses missions. Un montant de 178 millions de francs permettra d’optimiser le Réseau de conduite suisse, auquel seront intégrés les sites de l’armée et de la Confédération pertinents pour l’engagement qui n’en font pas encore partie. S’agissant des centres de calcul, 79 millions de francs sont prévus pour le renouvellement de l’équipement. Quant aux Forces aériennes, 66 millions doivent être affectés à l’adaptation des infrastructures de conduite. Ces investissements garantissent, en cas de crise, une communication fiable, sûre, sans perturbations, et mieux protégée contre les cyberattaques.

Cette année également, le Conseil fédéral demande à acquérir du matériel militaire. Des crédits sont prévus pour l’équipement personnel des militaires, les munitions et le domaine informatique, où des mesures importantes doivent être prises pour parer aux cybermenaces. L’armée a besoin de moyens et de réseaux informatiques sûrs. C’est pourquoi la protection dans ce domaine est constamment optimisée.

Source : Bund VBS

DEFTECH-SCAN January 2021

This Deftech Scan reports on and assesses occurrences in military technology and capability development taking place from late November 2020 through to mid-to-late January 2021 with some additional references to actions that predates the reporting period. It contains reporting on recent activities and announcements in the United States, South Korea, North Korea, China, India, Russia, France, Sweden, Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, NATO, and the European Union.

The “New” Domains of Conflict: This volume has a strong emphasis on current developments and emerging requirements related to three domains that the Defence of Japan 2020 White Paper released in July of last year referred to as the “new domains” of conflict: space, the electromagnetic spectrum, and the cyber-domain. Of course, militaries of all sizes have been operating in these domains for years. However, small, medium, and large-sized militaries are concentrating research and development efforts on and organising around the iterative competitions in these domains.

Source & Full report : DEFTECH